Advertisement

Atrazine-Induced Chlorosis in Synechococcus elongatus Cells

  • Óscar González-Barreiro
  • Carmen Rioboo
  • Angeles Cid
  • Concepción Herrero
Article

Abstract

The effects of a widely used herbicide, atrazine, on the freshwater cyanobacterium Synechococcus elongatus were studied. The cyanobacteria were exposed to varying concentrations of atrazine (0.025, 0.05, 0.1, 0.25, and 0.75 μM) for 96 h. Different parameters such as growth, autofluorescence of chlorophyll a, pigment content, volume, and internal granularity of the cells were determined daily. Differences were detected between cultures with and cultures without atrazine for the parameters analyzed. Atrazine exposure induced the process of chlorosis in cyanobacterial cells, given that this herbicide has an effect on photosynthesis, chlorotic subpopulations having low values of chlorophyll a autofluorescence. More unpigmented subpopulations (chlorotic) appeared as the atrazine concentration increased and better growth rates resulted. Atrazine also induced changes in cell volume and internal granularity, these being most apparent after 48 h of exposure and in cultures with higher atrazine concentrations (0.25 and 0.75 μM).

Keywords

Growth Rate Chlorophyll Photosynthesis Cell Volume Atrazine 
These keywords were added by machine and not by the authors. This process is experimental and the keywords may be updated as the learning algorithm improves.

Preview

Unable to display preview. Download preview PDF.

Unable to display preview. Download preview PDF.

Copyright information

© Springer-Verlag New York Inc. 2004

Authors and Affiliations

  • Óscar González-Barreiro
    • 1
  • Carmen Rioboo
    • 1
  • Angeles Cid
    • 1
  • Concepción Herrero
    • 1
  1. 1.Laboratorio de Microbiología, Departamento Biología Celular y Molecular, Facultad de Ciencias, Universidade da Corunã, Campus da Zapateira s/n, 15071 A CorunãSpain

Personalised recommendations